location_city New York, NY schedule Jun 1st 03:05 - 04:05 PM place Ante Room

Do you remember the frustration that comes from trying to make traditional HR instruments like performance reviews work for your Agile teams? Do you feel HR is undermining your best efforts at collaborative leadership and is holding you back? Do you find yourself in a constant dispute with HR over people processes?

It is inevitable: HR must embrace Lean | Agile values and principles in order to engage and energize Agile talents. It’s time to show HR how key people challenges like retention, talent development, and performance management can be addressed successfully with Lean | Agile.

Join this session to

– gain valuable insights into the world of Human Resource Management

– recognize the impact of Agile HR practices through stories and examples

– discover why Agile needs HR and vice versa

– identify compelling arguments and tactics to convince HR to go Agile.    


Outline/Structure of the Talk

//Session Outline

– Introduction & Overview on the Difficulties of Traditional HR Instruments in an Agile Setting (5 min)

– The World of Human Resource Management & its Challenges (10 min)

– Role & Importance of HR in an Agile Enterprise (10 min)

– Stories & Examples of Agile People Operations (20 min)

– Compelling Arguments & Tactics to Convince HR (10 min)

– Closing Note and Q&A (5 min)


This session is in a talk format with some audience interaction. The slide deck itself will consist of powerful illustrations and visuals with telling captions to corroborate the talk. We will include many interesting facts, stories, and examples the audience can to relate – no matter whether they have firsthand experience as seasoned leaders or are simply on the receiving end of HR services.


Unsurprisingly, the use of traditional HR instruments (esp. performance management and employee evaluation) often brings frictions between Agile teams and People Ops. For Agile leaders this is mostly a nuisance and cause for aggravation. They try to come up with transition matrices and special-purpose solutions to satisfy the demands of corporate HR without alienating their Agile teams too much. This is usually an uncomfortable quick-fix that is neither satisfying nor valuable. 

It is inevitable: HR must embrace Lean | Agile values and principles in order to engage and energize talent in an Agile setting. And in order to convince HR we have to talk to them in a language they understand and show them how their key challenges like retention, talent management etc. (as well as their claim as strategic business partner) can successfully be addressed with Lean | Agile.



Learning Outcome

– Get a better understanding of the futility of traditional HR instruments in an Agile setting.

– Gain valuable insights into the world of Human Resource Management and how it affects our organizations.

– Understand why it is important to win over HR to become an enterprise that is truly embracing Agile on a cultural level.

– Appreciate what Agile People Ops is all about and hear stories/examples of Agile HR practices and their implications and impact.

– Discover compelling arguments and tactics to make a lasting impression on HR and convince them to go Agile.    

Target Audience

Managers & senior professionals in a leadership role, who are experienced in people matters (like Recruitment, Talent Development, Performance Management) & are familiar with the challenges of employing traditional HR instruments in an Agile setting.

schedule Submitted 6 years ago

  • Fabiola Eyholzer
    Fabiola Eyholzer
    Just Leading Solutions
    schedule 6 years ago
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